Richard Brown (Ed Harris) -- The Hours (2002)
This ensemble piece based on Michael Cunningham's novel links a single day in the lives of characters in three time periods: author Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman); an unhappy housewife, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), in 1950s California; and her son in the present day -- Ed Harris' character, Richard Brown. Richard is a rage-filled poet living with AIDS who is cared for by his former lover and best friend, Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep). After Richard wins a prestigious award, Clarissa plans an elaborate party for him, but that celebration never happens. Instead, the viewer is privy to just how depressed and manic Richard is -- and to how his mental state leads him to suicide by jumping from his window. Despite garnering mixed reviews for his performance, Harris was nominated for an Academy Award along with co-stars Kidman and Moore; but Kidman was the only one who took home the gold.